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Video Game of the Week – Ms. Splosion Man

By Paul O’Reilly

Although it’s hardly pc to say so, there is nothing more satisfying in video gaming than blowing things up. Whether you’re 6 years old playing BOOM BLOX Bash Party or an adult hooked on M-rated war games, the sights and sounds of a little destruction are hard to beat.

Two years ago, Twisted Pixel Games took blowing things up to a new level with the creation of ‘Splosion Man, a character made entirely of explosive material. That same studio now brings us the sequel, starring the decidedly female, but no less destructive, Ms. Splosion Man.

The goal in Ms. Splosion Man is much the same as in its predecessor. Players are required to “splode” their way through a series of levels, which consist of challenges, puzzles, and traps. Although splodes – effectively a series of jumps – propel you along your way, they can also be used to kill enemies, demolish walls, and, well, blow things up.

Once you complete a level, you can go straight to the next challenge – there are 50 different levels – or you can go back and aim for a better time on the one you have just finished. This friendly do-over mentality is present throughout the entire game; if you get stuck, you can just skip that level and happily move on to the next one.

Although the single-player mode can keep you busy for hours, there is also a superb multi-player option, which can be played locally or online. By sploding off each other, up to four players can move faster and reach higher areas, bringing a whole new level of satisfaction when you reach your goal through collaborative teamwork.

Thoughout the game, Ms. Splosion Man and other characters keep up a running commentary, which is, for the most part, highly entertaining. However, some of the commentary could be considered inappropriate for younger kids, which is why the game ends up with its Teen rating.

As platforming puzzle games go, Ms. Splosion Man is at the very top of its class. The sheer volume of challenges, collectibles, secret levels, and other hidden gems you get with this game is simply amazing, particularly when you consider the cost of just 800 Microsoft points (about $10). If you are in the mood for a little destruction, then Ms. Splosion Man is the perfect game for you!

Ms. Splosion Man is rated T for Teen (cartoon violence, drug reference, mild lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB. Check out the ESRB video game ratings and content descriptors at ESRB.org

Publisher: Twisted Pixel Games

Platform: Xbox 360

Genre:  2D Platformer

RRP: 800 MS Points ($10)

Release Date: July 13, 2011

ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen

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